“We should not look at newborn infants as small, helpless human beings, but as persons who are small in size, but with an immense mental capacity, and many physical abilities that cannot be witnessed unless the environment assists in the expression of life.”
– Dr. Silvana Montanaro
The Infant Community at Healthy Beginnings Montessori House is affectionately referred to as the Raspberry Room. Like all of HBMH’s classrooms, our Nido environment is rooted in the educational philosophy of Maria Montessori. In fact, the word Nido comes from the Italian word “nest” and is meant to convey the warmth and security of a home.
Through the environment’s simplicity and order, the room is safe, secure, stimulating, and most importantly full of . The preparedness of the teachers allow students to learn at their own pace, using their senses to explore and discover the world.
Age appropriate materials and aids that induce concentration, movement, language, and cognitive development
“Open” classroom, absent of inhibiting items such as playpens, “bouncing” seats, activity saucers, swings and walkers
Floor Beds, which permit movement such as slithering from day one; crucial to their development
Gently touched and spoken to softly, as a whole individual, in an environment with low baby-to-teacher ratio
Calmness is nurtured by following your babies natural rhythm of development
Trust is cultivated by understanding how your baby communicates information
We invite those with little ones between the ages of 6 weeks – 18 months to stop by for a tour, and witness the beauty of our Montessori Nido!